2015 may arguably be the year of armpit hair, with celebrities like Miley Cyrus baring her underarm hair on Instagram and women everywhere dying their armpit hair a rainbow of colors. But there are still a number of women who will go to great lengths (no pun intended) to get rid of the unwanted hair under their arms—even if it means cooking it off.
The latest trend in the quest for permanent hair removal is a treatment called MiraSmooth. It uses controlled microwave energy to reduce hair growth permanently—no matter the hair’s color or patient’s skin tone—in addition to eliminating excessive underarm sweat. Black lines and markings are used to help guide the treatment.
Apparently it works. According to Jeremy Brauer, MD, in a press release for MiraDry, the technology behind the treatment, he has seen a 70-percent reduction in armpit hair growth on patients who’ve undergone the treatment.
The treatment is so new there is no hard evidence on the long-term effects of using microwaves for hair removal, but one thing is for sure: This is definitely something that shouldn’t be tried at home.